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  • The Global Education team once again held a photo contest where we asked students to show us in pictures, “How does the MIT community engage in learning, research, service, and work around the globe?” There were four categories, each with first and second place winners. The categories were:

  • After many years of planning and discussion, the most commonly used petitions reviewed by the Faculty Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) migrated online as the fall 2015 term opened. The Late Add/Drop (LAD) project is the latest in the series of new online forms, outlined in the Student Information System (SIS) Roadmap, which began with the Registration form in 2013 and continued with Add/Drop/Change status and HASS Concentration forms in 2014. Forms for graduate students and other purposes are in the pipeline.Online CAP Petitions

    Now students who miss Add or Drop Date can initiate a CAP petition from the familiar Student Forms and Petitions website; in fact, a student who tries to add a subject after Add Date will be taken directly to the LAD page and guided to create a Late Add petition. As with Add/Drop/Change forms, the new CAP petitions automatically show the student’s choice of major, class year, advisor name, and other information. Students type in a justification for the request, and then click submit.

    From there the CAP administrator oversees a fully online workflow that gathers statements from advisors and instructors, assigns the petition to a Committee meeting date, prepares an agenda packet, records the Committee’s decision, updates the student’s record, and assesses relevant fees and fines. The system keeps stakeholders informed throughout the process, sending emails with a link back to each person’s My Forms page...

  • Substantial rise will benefit students and families across the economic spectrum.

    MIT will substantially increase its financial aid expenditures for the coming year, taking steps that will benefit students and families across the economic spectrum.

    The changes — which will result in more generous MIT scholarships for nearly all students who receive financial aid — will drive a 10.4 percent increase in the Institute’s undergraduate financial aid budget for 2016-17, to $114.2 million.

  • In the spring of 2017, the Office of Minority Education (OME) and Global Education and Career Development’s (GECD) Prehealth Advising team collaborated to offer drop-in services on-site at OME. In this pilot effort, Prehealth Advising staff met with students interested in medical careers and answered their questions.

    With 16 students participating over three days, it was a successful initiative. “Having pre-health drop-ins in the OME was very convenient,” says Hermoon Worku ’17. “Because I’ve worked with and been a part of the OME community/family for the last four years, it was also a place I felt comfortable and supported, which was nice because sometimes the task of applying to medical school can feel daunting and make me feel out of place. I think the sessions also showed the Prehealth Office’s clear dedication to all MIT students interested in medical professions, and their willingness to partner with the OME emphasized their support of students of color, who are typically underrepresented in medicine and medical schools.”

    Prehealth Advising offers regular drop-in hours during the academic year at GECD’s office to discuss topics ranging from course selection to deciding where to apply to medical school. Recognizing that these services could be made even more accessible, especially to underrepresented populations, Prehealth Advising eagerly accepted OME’s proposal to offer advising services in their office space.

    “The OME is always looking for ways to better serve students. In fact, the students were the first to recommend that the OME engage more deeply in Prehealth Advising,” notes OME Director and Associate Dean DiOnetta Jones Crayton. “This is how the idea for Prehealth Advising hours in the OME came to fruition. We are looking forward to offering the program again during the academic year..."

  • Under the leadership of Sharon Bridburg (HR) and DiOnetta Jones Crayton (OME), DUE has created a new Diversity and Inclusion Council (DDIC). The Council’s mission is to advocate and work for diversity and inclusion within DUE by defining and executing actions that will make MIT a more inclusive community, at home and abroad.

    DUE DDICFostering diversity is already a mission of DUE, and diversity and inclusion are core values per DUE’s Strategic Plan. Founding Council members believe that a culture of inclusion requires more than an assertion of shared values; it requires sustained effort and the leadership of many across our community. The Council plans to assess DUE’s current efforts surrounding diversity and inclusion, and identify new opportunities and strategies to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.

    Creation of the DDIC was influenced by local and national events that have highlighted deep divisions between Americans around issues such as race, class, and transphobia. In the last few years, student protests on college campuses across the country have increasingly focused on practices and policies with the potential to erode community and perpetuate discrimination and oppression...

  • At D-Lab, we believe that the best way for students to become global agents of change and collaboration is to send them into the field. That's why every January over MIT's Independent Activities Period, D-Lab provides students enrolled in our classes with an opportunity to gain valuable fieldwork experience around the world. This year, 52 MIT, Harvard, and Wellesley students traveled to 12 countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia to perform user needs research, build prototypes, and exchange knowledge with our valued community partners.

  • Enhancements aim to make processes clearer, easier to navigate, and more supportive.

    Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart announced today, in a letter to the MIT community, a “roadmap for change” in MIT’s undergraduate withdrawal and readmission policies. The enhancements are based on a comprehensive review conducted by the Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) and the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education (DUE).

  • The Edgerton Center may pride itself on being among the most interesting places at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but it sure doesn’t look it from the street: A machine shop and garage for student projects, the center is tucked inside Building N51, one of those old, nondescript brick-and-concrete structures that dot the Cambridge campus.

  • In early May, GECD sponsored two events to help international students understand the process of job searching in the U.S. The first, “What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment,” was co-sponsored with the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education and featured speaker and author Dan Beaudry. The second, “Job Search for International Students,” was a panel talk with recruiters from Exponent, Broad Institute, Formlabs, and EverQuote. The International Students Office helped promote the series, which drew 145 students and postdocs.

    Dan BeaudryInternational students looking for jobs in the U.S. face many challenges and much uncertainty. First, they need to find employers willing to sponsor them for work visas. Even when employers are eager to sponsor them, candidates have to enter into a national lottery to obtain work visas, with no guarantees that they will receive one. The current federal administration’s approach to immigration has created additional uncertainty.

    Beaudry often addresses these challenges in his talks on campus, drawing on his experience as former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com and author of Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States. A key part of his advice to international students is that the conventional method of sending out resumes to listed job openings is an ineffective and discouraging way to find a good job...

  • Editor's note: This recent op-ed piece in the New York Times on how to attract women to the field of engineering features D-Lab as one success story in that effort.

    The figures are well known: At Apple 20 percent of tech jobs are held by women and at Google, only 17 percent. A report by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee estimates that nationwide about 14 percent of engineers in the work force are women.

    As a woman with a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, I look at those numbers with despair.